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on 27 April 2005
It's a shame that this will only be heard by existing fans. People who, as the Amazon review correctly identified, played the previous two albums to death. However, fans will find wrong within this, especially on the first listen. Tracks such as "Gods and Monsters" and "An Ordinary Girl" just do not sound like the Kloot we know and love. They tend to grate. The fact that they appear so early on in the album heightens the damage. One can't help but feel that they have lost their way.
However, the first half of the album is very much a dark cloud with silver linings aplenty. The opener "No Direction Home" is suitably moody and atmospheric, bringing to mind Radiohead's seminal "There There". It acted as the opener on their recent tour, and works well in this context. Also, the single, "Over My Shoulder" is classic Kloot (Given that it appeared as a very early b-side) which never fails to bring a smile to the face, even if it is about bitter relationships. "Stars Look Familiar" is pure joy from start to finish.
Then there's the second half, which is where the fans will really recognise the band they know and love. "Hong Kong Lullaby" is a peaceful instrumental, like "loch" from Natural History, only not laced with menace. "Sand and Glue" is an epic in the vain of "From Your Favourite Sky", "Dead Men's Cigarettes" sounds very much like "Sunlight Hits The Snow", which really is not a bad thing.
They clearly saved the best 'til last though. "I Believe" features the wistful vocals, poetic lyrics, optimistic guitaring and drum and bass rhythm that have become their trademark, and acts as a perfect end to the album. All previous fears of "the bad album" very much ameliorated.
So yes, more of the same really. But given that the tracks that try things differently tend to let the album down, is this really a bad thing? One for the fans. Not that anyone else will hear it anyway. They really are criminally ignored.
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on 25 July 2005
The first two albums from I am Kloot were attractive for me because of their unique melodic sound (although the two albums were definitely not alike). The third album is darker, but more like other bands. It reminded me a little of Blur, and other British Bands. Two songs stand out for me (Over my Shoulder and Avenue of Hope), but this is definitely not enough to make a good album.
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on 30 November 2007
Funnily enough, this was the first IAK album I bought, on the recommendation of a friend, and then worked my way backwards. While I agree with previous reviewers that the songs on the first two may be a bit more "catchy" - they are, indeed, brilliant also, this album is definitely darker but signals that the band have effortlessly avoided the "difficult third album" syndrome, and produced something poignant, catchy and experimental yet inspired at the same time. Saw them perform at Brick Lane last night with material from their new album (at the moment on sale only at gigs in limited edition) and is proof that this band is just going from strength to strength, despite having no major record contract. They are devoted to their ever increasing number of fans - and their fans are ever increasingly devoted to them.
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on 3 May 2005
I've always clung very strongly to the first two Kloot albums, and have dragged unimpressed friends to their gigs in an attempt to covert them to this bands brilliance...but with this latest effort I'm struggling to persuade myself it's worth the effort.
The problem here is simply a lack of decent songs and hooks - the odd melodic turns that have been Kloot's strongest point are worryingly absent here. The tunes are certainly darker, but also less memorable - Kloot have been specialist in writing twisted pop tunes, but here the melodies grate...a few tunes are even, shockingly, quite dull!
Overall then it's a disappointing turn, but the DVD with it's live gig material, interview and videos is well worth it - so ultimately the albums saving grace.
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on 8 August 2011
Not my normal type of music, so bought it "secondhand, very good condition". It was, no marks or dinks and cover perfect too. Music different, best described as "progressive" I think. Shades of Oasis with a bit more funk.
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on 6 May 2005
I loved all the tracks.easily their best album so far.Fav track is Ave of Hope.
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